The high powers, multi-octave devices such as combiners, couplers and filters that keep your organization’s broadband operating at max efficiency are small devices but are more integral than you might think. If they ever stop working, you’ll be faced with massive communication problems that could set your business back the whole day or even days afterward as you scramble to make up for the lost time. That’s why it’s important you consider the kinds of conditions that might impact your devices and how to prevent issues associated with these conditions.
With the right RF combiner, humidity – and especially high humidity – won’t be an issue, but it’s true that excessive moisture in the air can wreak havoc on your equipment. Even when it’s not immediately obvious, small amounts of moisture can get caught in the thinnest of cracks and damage the equipment over time. However, when you use the kind of equipment mostly bought by the military, this won’t be an issue for you because these tools have been manufactured to withstand the humidity of places like a boat – so it can certainly withstand the humidity in your factories, warehouses or offices.
Repetitive movement over time can wear down equipment that’s not even intended to be moved. For example, vibrations from boats moving, machines processing goods nearby and frequent earthquakes can impact your multi-octave devices even if you intended them to be stationary. Avoid this issue by purchasing equipment made to withstand the most vibrations – like in military boats and facilities – and maintaining a regular check on the status of the equipment.
Moisture (Salt Spray)
Moisture, like humidity, also presents a problem for equipment – especially when that moisture comes from salt water sources. (If, however, you’re not operating the equipment on a boat, that’s unlikely to be an issue.) Moisture leaks in from unexpected sources, including plumbing, cracks to the outdoors when it’s raining, and flooded basements and attics. Do everything within your power to keep moisture away from your equipment, but also, invest in quality devices made to withstand issues such as moisture.
When you purchase your equipment from among the leading experts in the field – companies that provide state-of-the-art technology to the military as well as commercial, industrial and research organizations – you can rest assured your equipment is built to withstand the worst scenarios. Ask your sales representative about the device’s ability to withstand these issues before you buy.